The Last of Us makes its HBO debut in 2023. On Monday (September 26), the series dropped its first trailer, starring Pedro Pascal of Disney+ show The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones alum Bella Ramsey. Based on the Playstation video game of the same title, the upcoming HBO series centers Joel, a post-apocalyptic survivor played by Pascal, who travels across the United States impacted by deadly disease cordyceps fungus. Joining him is a young girl named Ellie (Ramsey), who assists Joel with finding a cure for the plague.
The trailer cleverly released on September 26, also the date of “Outbreak Day” to The Last of Us players. Also in the show are voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who played Joel and Ellie in the video games. Per Variety, the cast is rounded out by Gabriel Luna as Joel’s brother Tommy; Merle Dandridge as Marlene, leader the Fireflies; Nico Parker as Joel’s daughter Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank; Nick Offerman as Bill; Jeffrey Pierce as Perry; and Anna Torv as Tess.
In the original 2013 video game, the cordyceps fungus began spreading on the same date. Earlier this year, Pascal spoke to British GQ about the show sticking closely to the game’s storyline.
There’s a very, very creative way of honouring what’s important and also preserving what is iconic to the experience of the video game, and also [to include] things that you wouldn’t necessarily expect,” he said. “And then directions that you would expect it to go, and it might not… they’re doing some really smart things, is all I can say. It’s similar to the way Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni treat The Mandalorian, in how [Mazin and Druckmann] are treating The Last of Us — it’s in good hands because they love it so much. Well, clearly Neil created the video game, but Craig loves it so much. So it really is made for the people that love it. And there’s some very intense storytelling for people who might be less familiar.”
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